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Taoiseach should call special summit on collusion with British Prime Minister

16 February, 2005

Following the publication of the latest Oireachtas Sub-Committee Report on collusion, Sinn Féin Dail leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Taoiseach to arrange a special summit meeting on the issue with the British Prime Minister.

Deputy Ó Caolain said, "This report is scathing in its criticism of the lack of co-operation from the British government. The British Prime Minister Tony Blair is found to be acting in conflict with the Good Friday Agreement because of his refusal, in a letter to the Taoiseach, to establish an inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974.

"The Report also criticises British Secretary of State Paul Murphy for his spurious claim that a 'further major and time-consuming search' through records was not possible.

"It is now time for the Taoiseach to call a special summit meeting with the British Prime Minister on the whole issue of collusion. He should also ensure that the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform establishes a fully comprehensive Commission of Investigation into the Garda handling of the whole range of collusion issues covered by Judge Barron, the Oireachtas Committee and those mentioned in today's report."

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